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Psychology A Level at Ashington Community High School

Course description

This course is for those students who are interested in learning about, amongst other things:
- Why we behave in certain ways
- Forensic Psychology – criminal behaviour
- Abnormality
- Attachment of children
- Factors that affect memory
- Schizophrenia
- Social Influence – obedience, compliance
- Media Influence on us


Entry requirements

Psychology is a science, with many elements linked to Biology so you must have a grade B in GCSE Psychology OR an additional science. You will also need at least a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics as you will learn how to carry out experiments then apply statistical tools to draw conclusions.

You will be expected to research and collect information including watching documentaries or reading journal articles. You will need to be able to manage your time well so you are able to carry out experiments and complete group work by given deadlines.


Presentations of main theories are used to introduce and revise topics. When appropriate, students carry out actual psychological studies using the same methods as researchers they learn about.

Debates and role play need students to prepare argument or scripts based on theoretical knowledge. Films, documentaries and other media enhance understanding by showing how research is applied in a real life setting.

Exam practice, Independent research and essay writing embed and test knowledge, preparing students for their modular exams.

Assessment - 100% examination done at end of Year 13

Paper 1 Introductory topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology Paper 2 Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods, Issues and Debates in Psychology Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology: Gender, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology

Future opportunities

A qualification in Psychology is recognised as being extremely important by colleges, universities and employers. A Level Psychology can lead to further opportunities to study Higher Education within the field of Social Science but also lends itself to a diverse range of degrees such as law, social work or nursing to name but a few. The course develops confidence in ideas, opinion and knowledge of the practical application of psychological theory. Possible careers include:

- Counselling
- Teaching
- Management
- Social Work
- Medicine
- Forensics and police work

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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